Viernes is bag day I: The Ado Weekender

Like most other designers, male or female, my love for fashion has its origins in my mum’s closet. The colours in there, and the shapes, the textures… When I started Minku in 2011, I very easily had three bags: two leather ones I’d bought for work circa 2007 (in trusty Marshalls, and rotated to death as in blue bag this week, black bag next :-) ) and one ‘street’ bag or the other. I knew little about bags. My inspiration when it came down to it was, “what would my mum like to wear? Or my sisters?”

I kept that question in my head through five collections. I would gift my mum bags and sometimes it was a hit; sometimes a miss.

The Ado Weekender is the first bag I’ve made that my mum would unequivocally love to wear.

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Ok, me too for sure, for a weekend getaway or two or a thousand. Or for a particularly busy workday, one where I need to be reminded to smile. What would I store in it? Well…

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The inside of the bag is fully lined with some seriously platinum-quality damask, and that includes the pocket on the side for storing your passport, or your cell phone for those calls before you hop on your flight. The zippers are durable metal, so there are no stories.

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The hand stitching on this bag is evident, up to 80% of the bag (including the side pocket, shown). The Ado weekender is made from cow leather, the straps are from matching sheepskin for a softer grip.

I am working on this bag in a few other colour schemes and, on popular demand, in black.

It is now available in the Minku online shop.

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Every week this Spring, I plan do something called ‘Viernes (Friday) is bag day,’ to highlight the bags in the new Minku collection. Which bag would you like to see featured next? The full list is here. I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments area :-)

Love, lots of it,Minku

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